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The 30 Most Memorable Moments of the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles Season, #23: Vince Young GW TD Drive Against NY Giants

Vince Young will not be regarded with fond memories when fans think of his stint with the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles.

It began with his infamous Dream Team comment and it ended with him throwing interception after interception against the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

But in between, Young provided Eagles fans with a single glimmer of hope. He provided a game-winning drive against the eventual Super Bowl champions in week 11, in what was arguably the most impressive game-winning drive for the Eagles in the last few seasons.

The Eagles limped into their week 11 affair against the Giants with a 3-6 record, fresh off an embarrassing collapse to the Arizona Cardinals in which they lost quarterback Michael Vick, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for several games with injuries.

Against the Giants, on the road, with their backup quarterback, the Eagles didn’t seem to have much of a chance.

But they hung in there, thanks largely to a defense that held New York to just three points in the first three quarters. When the Giants tied the game with 11:36 left in the fourth quarter, it seemed as if the Eagles were on track for their sixth fourth quarter blown lead of the season.

Enter Vince Young.

The Eagles began a drive at their own 20 and slowly and methodically moved the ball down the field. They successfully converted six third downs, including a 3rd and 10 from their own 33, and a third and goal from the 8.

Just three of the plays were longer than 10 yards, and all came at the most opportune time. Riley Cooper caught an 18 yard pass on 3rd and 10, Jason Avant caught a 13 yard pass on 2nd and 16, and DeSean Jackson caught a sideline pass on 3rd and 4, broke a tackle, and picked up 10 yards.

The final play, an eight-yard scoring strike from Young to Cooper, who was usually the team’s fourth option at receiver (and third since Maclin did not play in this game), gave the Eagles a 17-10 lead with just 2:45 remaining. It was Cooper’s fifth catch of the game. (Oh, and of the season.)

For the drive, Young completed 7 of 9 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed twice for four yards. LeSean McCoy carried six times for just three yards, and Ronnie Brown carried once for a six-yard gain.

In all, the Eagles used 18 plays to move 80 yards, taking 8:51 off the clock. It was tied for the longest game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter (or overtime), in terms of plays, since 2001, and it was the third longest in terms of time elapsed.

The Giants still had one chance, with plenty of time, to try to tie the game, and it seemed like they might after Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz on a 47-yard pass to move the Giants well into Eagles’ territory. But on the next play, Jason Babin sacked Manning, forcing a fumble that Derek Landri picked up to give the Eagles the ball back with a minute remaining.

McCoy followed with a 60-yard run two plays later to completely put the game away.

It was after that game, which moved the Eagles to 4-6 and dropped the Giants to 6-4, that most betting websites still gave the Eagles higher odds than the Giants to win Super Bowl XLVI.